I pray against sadness, depression, and any feelings that you’re not good enough. You and I were created in the image of the Almighty, and He said we are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are good enough, you are beautiful, you are worthy of real love and respect. See yourself as the apple of God’s eye because that’s what He calls you. See yourself as the bride of Christ, because that’s what He calls you. See yourself loved unconditionally by the Creator of the world and begin to truly love yourself. Love your laughter, your forgetfulness, your gifts and talents, love your smile, your eyes, your nose, your ears. Every part of your being was tailor made just for you.
Don’t allow anyone to talk down to you or try to change the personality God gave you. You weren’t meant to be like the crowd. God purposely made you unique, different, to stand out and be special. You and I only need to submit ourselves to God and He will direct; He will reveal to us His plan and His purpose for our lives. How silly and foolish it is for someone to talk about someone else or to think that the One who created another made an error. God created each of us and He did it in such a way that no one can take credit for any of it. So to criticize another is actually a word against the One who created. To look at yourself and believe even one lie spoken against your greatness is to say to our God, “I’m not happy with how you made me.” Jesus help us!!
Can we just love each other? Can we just pray for each other in love? Can we just genuinely work on being filled with the love of God until that love heals, forgives, overlooks, and changes us?
The heart of a child can teach us a lot about living the simple, carefree life. Most of us as adults have lost sight of self and we spend our days on a spinning wheel like a hamster, never taking a break to even smell the gardenias. We can’t enjoy the blessings God has already given us because we let magazine covers at the grocery store checkout convince us we need more. Or after we visit a friend, we make the horrible assumption that they are living the “good life” and that we need that life. When will we rely on our faith in God instead of temporary things? When will we come to him as a child?
I love the innocence of children. They trust the authority that has been placed over their lives without question. They never worry about food, clothing, or provision. Children are happy just spending quiet time with their father reading a book!! They laugh all the time because they have not allowed the world to make their lives complicated. Just walk pass a play park sometime and watch how they love, trust, and enjoy their surroundings. You will notice three things about the heart of a child.
One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding… God is calling us to trust in Him whether we understand His leading or not, the trust is where the outcome matters. Children don’t question what they know to be true. Neither do they question one proven to be trustworthy. So be content, forgive those who have wronged you, and trust in your Father.
How To Overcome Depression
The Bible warns us of the plans of the enemy. It tells us that he comes to steal, kill, and to destroy us. Let’s look at how the enemy can steal from you with a spirit of depression. How can you get back everything he has stolen? Well if you suffer with depression, suicidal thoughts, or a spirit of pessimism, you have allowed the enemy to steal your joy. Instead of seeing the glass half full, you see it almost empty. Instead of looking for the good in a bad situation, you allow your mind to only present the dark side. Your joy is replaced with misery and despair. Even your countenance looks somewhat possessed because of the weight. And no one wants to be around that spirit. You’re almost like a professional mourner! But there is hope; no quick and easy fixes, but real hope.
Now tell depression and all of its baggage that time has expired! Walk out these steps and share a comment to help someone else in their healing process.
As long as the problem is constantly in your face, it’s difficult to come up with a plan because it seems too big for you to solve…and guess what? It is!!! So put it away, go to the beach, and just walk along the seashore. Breathe deeply, tune in to the sound of the waves, and just enjoy the serenity. Get away from the people, the problem, and the pressure; no cell phone attached. Once the clutter clears your mind, the perspective will change.
Recently I had to put together a profit and loss statement to cover the past three months for my daycare business. For some, this may not seem daunting, but for me, it caused great stress, headaches, and a couple of sleepless nights. I even did the “how to” search on the computer to generate a few templates. As I got my receipts in order and looked at everything, I felt my mind slipping away. Like I was overwhelmed and might lose my mind.
That was way too much pressure for me, especially when you know it could mean the difference between where you live now and where you’ll be moving to later…by force. But after I took that mental break from the pressure, I came back ready to tackle the assignment until completion. What did I learn from all of this? First, the more you put off completing any unpleasant task, the longer the task will continue to haunt you. Second, procrastination can really cost you a great loss. And third, pressure leaves when determination steps up. So whenever you feel pressure, retreat to your sweet spot for a spell and then get back in the race and finish it.
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